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Now is the time to act in NY and NJ

OK, now that the election is over, can we please have an adult conversation about climate change?

Pretty please?

Climate change is real, it is not a hoax. The world is changing dramatically. Just ask folks in NY and NJ who never expected to have water in their homes, businesses and subways to the extent it happened. The water surged at the level it did because of rising sea levels.

Some are trying to get around the issue of how to deal with it by saying basically let’s not talk about why it happened, let’s just do something. But I don’t think that works.

As I tell my daughter, actions have consequences. They can be good consequences, or bad or somewhere in between. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Remember that from Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of motion in middle school science? How can you solve problems if you don’t know why something happened?

To President Barack Obama: congratulations on winning a second term. I was very pleased to hear you mention the climate in your speech (very) early this morning. It’s a start.

Now, it is time for you to take the lead on climate change,  something you failed to discuss during the campaign. I get it; you were being pilloried by the right for everything else, why give the climate deniers and Obama-haters one more sound bite?

But you have an opportunity, here, Mr. President. Hurricane Sandy’s overwhelming destruction should be used as an opening to re-make New York and New Jersey better, stronger and green. Use your powerful voice and speaking ability to rally the nation and use federal money to make it happen. If countries in Europe can put up gates to keep the water out, so can we.

And, please sir, don’t wait years like it’s taken in New Orleans. published a story today about a Katrina-ravaged neighborhood that has been re-built into the largest solar project in Louisiana. That’s great, but Katrina hit in 2005.

Let’s not wait seven years to launch a new way forward in New York and New Jersey. Now is the time to act.




U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler gets kudo for green building bill

Here’s the release:

U.S. Green Building Ccouncil Names ‘Top 10 List’ of Green Building Bills

Praises American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and urges passage of pending bills in Congress that represent jobs and dollars for the economy

Honors Congressional members at reception today

Feb. 24, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its Top 10 List of legislation advancing green building and the economic activity and jobs that come with it. Later today, Congressional members, including Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will be honored at an event for their support of green building.

“Green building saves energy, water and money,” said Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy & Law, USGBC. “It is one of the most promising solutions to critical global issues such as climate change, resource depletion and dependence on foreign energy sources. These bills will create jobs and pump money into our economy.”

The USGBC Top 10 list honors The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and spotlights nine other pending bills in the House and ten in the Senate that represent the best proposals to advance green building. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law last February, dedicates more than $22 billion for energy efficiency projects, including $346 million for energy-efficient building technologies specifically.

“The Members of Congress and Senators we are honoring are all demonstrating bold leadership toward a clean energy future, a sustainable built environment and a sustainable economy,” Platt added.

The Top 10 List includes bills that have been introduced in Congress in the last year that would enable innovative financing for home-owners and building-owners to make efficiency improvements, increase and extend incentives for improving our schools and existing building stock, and encourage job growth and training in new fields of building energy management and retrofits.

“Our country will rise and fall based on how we educate our children, and study after study shows that where children learn has a huge impact on what they learn,” said Rep. Chandler. “Not only will this bill begin to fix our crumbling public schools, but it will create local jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, save energy, and during these tough economic times, make a significant long term investment in our country’s most valuable resource, our children.”

“With our crippled economy, continuing energy crisis, and changing climate, Americans need timely and effective solutions to set a new course for how we use and think about energy,” said Sen. Snowe. “Energy efficiency has emerged as one of the most effective and expeditious actions that can be taken to preserve valuable resources for producers and consumers. I am pleased to work with Senators Feinstein and Bingaman to build upon the success of past tax credits and provide critical energy efficiency tax incentives that will spark innovation in our housing and commercial building sector and pave the way for economical and environmentally-conscious living.”

The Top 10 list includes:


· The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Public Law

· The American Clean Energy and Security Act – Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.)

· The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act – Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)

· The Expanding Building Efficiency Act – Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

· The Property Assessed Clean Energy Tax Benefits Act — John Sarbanes (D-Md.)

· An Act to Enhance Private Financing for Clean Energy Technology Deployment – Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

· The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)

· The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act – Michael Coffman (R-Colo.)

· The Livable Communities Act of 2010 – Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) **pending introduction**

· The Federal Personnel Training Act of 2010 – Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) **pending introduction**


· The Clean Energy and American Jobs Act – John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

· The American Clean Energy and Leadership Act – Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

· Energy Efficiency in Housing Act (EEHA) of 2009 – Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

· The Livable Communities Act of 2009 – Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)

· The Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 – Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

· The School Building Fairness Act – Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

· Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act of 2009 – Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)

· The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

· The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act of 2009 — Mark Udall (D-Colo.)

· The Federal Agency Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2009 – Susan Collins (R-Maine)